Rituals: Practices, Ethnic and Cultural Aspects and Role in Emotional Healing


Alley Parish (Editor)

Series: Focus on Civilizations and Cultures
BISAC: REL007020

Rituals of various kinds are a feature of almost all known human societies, past or present. They include not only the various worship rites and sacraments of organized religions and cults, but also the rites of passage of certain societies, atonement and purification rites, oaths of allegiance, dedication ceremonies, coronations and presidential inaugurations, marriages and funerals, and others. In this book, the authors discuss the practices, ethnic and cultural aspects and role in emotional healing relating to rituals.

Topics include communitarianism and the Obasinjom mask performance as ritual healing among the Bayang and Ejagham of Southwest Cameroon; plant-based rituals for the prevention and cure of the evil eye in a rural community of Western Spain; Shamanic healing and psychotherapy; pro-social functions of ritual involvement in early adolescents; the religious rituals of the Anastenarides in Greece; ritual of healing people in the Shamanic practice of the Nanai people inhabiting the lower Amur Region; and medico-religious plants and cultural rituals used by the Mauritian population against diabetes and related complications. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Communitarianism and the Obasinjom Mask Performance as Ritual Healing among the Bayang and Ejagham of Southwest Cameroon
(Ngambouk Vitalis Pemunta, Tabi Chama-James Tabenyang, Mathias Alubafi Fubah, Linnaeus University, Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Linnéuniversitetet, SE, Växjö, Sweden, and others)

Plant-Based Rituals for the Prevention and Cure of the Evil Eye in a Rural Community of Western Spain
(José Antonio González, Alfonso J. Aparicio Mena, Francisco Amich, Grupo de Investigación de Recursos Etnobiológicos del Duero-Douro (GRIRED), Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain, and others)

Shamanic Healing and Psychotherapy
(Joanic Masson, Amal Bernoussi, University of Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France)

Pro-Social Functions of Ritual Involvement to Early Adolescents
(Chan-kiu Cheung, City University of Hong Kong)

The Religious Rituals of the Anastenarides in Greece
(Evy Johanne Håland, Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow, Department of Archaeology and History of Art, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)

Ritual of Healing People in the Shamanic Practice of the Nanai People Inhabiting the Lower Amur Region
(Olga V. Maltseva, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnograpy, Sibirian Branch, Russian Academy of Science, Novosibirsk, Russia)

Medico-Religious Plants and Cultural Rituals Used by the Mauritian Population against Diabetes and Related Complications
(Mootoosamy Anushka, Mahomoodally Mohamad Fawzi, Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Mauritius, Réduit, Mauritius)


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